Articles > Duke soph Jon Scheyer scores career high 27 points in 96-95 loss to Miami
Trailing Miami by 20 points nearly 3/4 of the way through the game, Duke mounted a late second-half rally, only to see victory elude them in the final seconds of play.
Leading the comeback effort was Jon Scheyer, who played like a man on a mission. After shooting 2-for-6 in the first half, Scheyer connected on 5 of his 7 second-half shots, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc. He sank 8 of his 9 foul shots to finish the night as the game’s high scorer.
But this was no occasion for celebration. After the game, Scheyer commented:
"To come out and play like that, and to lose like that, is frustrating. It’s very disappointing. It came as a surprise. I did not think coming into Miami that we would not be ready to play. One thing we have to realize is how bad each team wants it, and they really wanted to beat us today.”
“It was really disappointing the way we came out – we didn’t deserve to win, even if our (second-half) shots were going in. They outplayed us,” added Scheyer. “They were tougher than us, they had bigger hearts than us, they had more confidence than us. They wanted it more than us in the first half.”
“We have to regroup. It’s not about X’s and O’s for us, it’s about playing with heart, and putting it all out on the line. It’s one thing if you lose and you put everything on the line, and another thing if you play passive, or if you turn the ball over. I think the biggest thing (the game tape) will show is our (failings on) defense – giving up 96 points, that’s not a Duke effort. We played like we had no confidence out there, you would have thought we had no confidence.”
Duke gave up a season high point total in the loss to Miami, committed a season high 23 turnovers, and was consistently out-muscled inside by Miami. With time running out on the clock, Duke had to foul Miami to regain possession. Miami made six free throws in the final 41 second to hold on to the lead. It was the ‘Canes first victory over Duke since their initial meeting back in 1962.
Duke, currently ranked 5th in the polls, falls to 22-3 (10-2) with the loss, its second in a row in conference play, after an 83-76 loss to Wake Forest earlier in the week.
Scheyer’s previous career high was 26 points against North Carolina in the 2006-07 season.
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